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Grant Writing Seminar

Posted By David Kiviaho, kiisa Corporation, Monday, September 22, 2014

Begin with Successful Grant Writing!

Experienced grant writers, with a proven track record of obtaining funds for non-profits and municipalities, lead this seminar. Interactive, educational, and fun! Successful Grant Writing is for all levels of grant writers.

LSU Continuing Education and kiisa corporation's Grant Writing Formula

The Successful Grant Writing Seminar is updated each quarter, with data gathered directly from funders and the grant writing industry. The kiisa instructors provide key information on how to effectively write the grant narrative, research data, insert relevant citations, create the proper budget, garner community support, identify funding sources, build meaningful funding relationships, and much more. Interactive activities and targeted lecture helps the participant to learn the principles and concepts set forth by kiisa corporation and LSU Continuing Education. Successful Grant Writing is fun, educational, and designed to help participants raise funds for critical community projects.

Baton Rouge, LA - October 21-22, 2014 - 1.2 CEU'S


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LANO members: New FREE CausePlanet book summary on membership

Posted By Kris H. Rutledge, CausePlanet, Monday, September 15, 2014
Managing a successful membership-based organization today is a multi-faceted undertaking. It requires communicating your unique benefits and differentiating yourself from other organizations.

Author Sheri Jacobs covers everything involved with attracting, recruiting and retaining members in her book, The Art of Membership.

Here are some highlights:

·      How to define and sell your benefits

·      How to define and rank your members

·      How to be the solution to your members’ problems

·      How to engage and onboard your new members

Download this summary and hundreds of others in 3 simple steps:

1.     Visit

2.     Click on "Subscriber Log-in” at the top right corner, using your email and "Password1”.

3.     Click on "Visit the Summary Library” and download any title you like.

Questions? Email us at

Sheri Jacobs' and other summaries are available FREE for dues-paying (General and Associate) members thanks to the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation.

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Shell Oil Co. Donates Chairs to Nonprofits

Posted By LANO Network, Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Shell Oil Co. at the Robert Training and Conference Center in Robert, Louisiana has 26 office chairs to donate to any nonprofit willing to pick them up. Offer is good through September 10th, 2014.

Interested members may contact Qi Wiggins, at:

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Chili Cook-Off benefit for Recovery Residence in Shreveport

Posted By Terri Schaffner, Active Recovery Foundation Inc, Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Chili Cook-Off Fundraiser to purchase a RECOVERY RESIDENCE in Shreveport; Sept 27th in the front parking lot of 820 JORDAN street, call 318-946-8157.

Live music, face-painting, CRAFTERS and ARTISANS can set up a booth for $25.  Entry fee to enter your chili recipe is $25, and admission to JUDGE and sample is $10!

Go to and click on EVENTS to purchase a ticket, make a donation, or get involved! September is National Recovery Month, we are doing this in honor of that!

Please forward this to anyone that may be interested in helping us.  Our goal is to be able to put a downpayment on a Recovery HOuse.

Call 318-210-1539 to speak to me personally.


Terri Schaffner, LAC

Founder & CEO

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LANO Force for Good Awards - Call for Nominations

Posted By Jessica A. Erwin, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Tuesday, September 09, 2014



Nominations Now Open for LANO's

2014 Force for Good Awards


LANO is delighted to announce its 2014 Force for Good Awards which will recognize one outstanding organization and one visionary nonprofit leader. Nominations for both awards are now open!

The Nonprofit of the Year Award will be presented to a LANO member whose exceptional delivery of services to the community sets a high standard of quality and impact. While the organization serves as an exemplary model overall, particular focus may be given to board excellence, programmatic evaluation and impact, fundraising, innovation, vision and collaborations with other entities. The organization demonstrates ways in which they set the bar for effective nonprofit strategy, execution and lasting community impact.

The Leadership Award will honor a LANO member who has demonstrated the capacity to make decisions consistent with the mission and scope of the nonprofit organization. This leader rallies people and maximizes the potential of staff and volunteers. This individual continuously achieves mission-consistent results.
The full nomination guidelines and instructions, as well as the application, are available for download below. Nominations are due by 5:00 p.m. on October 6, 2014. Award recipients will be announced at the Force for Good Awards Luncheon during LANO's Annual Conference on November 6. 
Please direct questions to Jessica Erwin at 225-925-2605 or

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What You Need to Know About Obamacare and More...

Posted By Edward McNorton, Academic Resource Solutions, Sunday, September 07, 2014


Ed McNorton, HR Solutions PresidentI hope you've had a restful, relaxing summer. To help you stay informed about the latest news and changes affecting nonprofit and small business operations and HR, we're starting a monthly email newsletter.

We hope this newsletter is helpful for you and ask that you please forward it to colleagues who may also find it helpful. 

I'd love to hear your feedback. Let me know what you think.



Ed McNorton

President and CEO, HR Solutions


What Small Businesses Need to Know About Obamacare
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act -- also known as PPACA, ACA or Obamacare -- has brought a lot of confusion since it became law in 2010. Here’s what small-business owners with fewer than 50 employees need to know now. 
Employee Handbooks: 7 Potentially Costly Mistakes
When you put an employee handbook together, you need to ensure that you’re not setting your company up for legal problems down the road. Consider these seven common employee handbook mistakes you should work to avoid. 
The Health Care Employer Mandate: What You Need to Know
The PPACA employer mandate goes into effect in 2015 for companies with 100 or more employees. Learn what the employer mandate means for you, no matter how many employees you have on the payroll. 


About HR Solutions

HR Solutions is a full-service human resource and risk management outsourcing company. We specialize in offering a comprehensive and cost-effective approach to assisting nonprofit and for-profit companies manage their back-room functions. We are industry experts in legal and regulatory compliance, benefits and retirement administration, employee relations, and payroll administration. 

Our goal is to help our clients streamline HR functions, improve employee relations and protect them from regulatory missteps that could expose them to employee and regulatory liabilities.


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Nonprofit workshop: Grantwriting for Beginners

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Friday, September 05, 2014

Nonprofit workshop:

Grantwriting for Beginners

Thursday, September 18
2:00-4:30 p.m.
Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans

Details and registration 

Are you involved with a non-profit?  
Does your job require you to raise funds for your department or position?  
Do you want to add a valuable skill to your resume? 

Consider grantwriting!

Grantwriting for Beginners is an engaging workshop that gives you the basic tools you need to start writing grants.  Participants will learn how to find funding opportunities, tools and tips for writing proposals and ways to make a program competitive for repeat funding.


Click to register

Attendees will receive a certificate of participation after completing the workshop.

Registration $35 per person.  Discounts available for students, AmeriCorps and organizations registering two or more people.

Email to inquire about discount codes or to reserve your space and pay at the door.

For more on this workshop and other services offered by The Funding Seed, visit

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STAR Hosts 2nd Annual Hunks in Heels

Posted By Racheal Hebert, Sexual Trauma Awareness and Response Center, Thursday, September 04, 2014
re you ready for year 2? We promise to bring back your favorite Hunks for a hot opening number, along with fresh faces, loaded biceps, and smooth dance moves to rock your runway! As an added accessory, we will be partnering with local artists to bedazzle the heels of our beloved Hunks! Tickets go on sale 9/8/14 and can be purchased at 

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Fundraising Training with Simone P. Joyaux, ACFRE

Posted By Christy Himel, AFP New Orleans Chapter, Thursday, September 04, 2014
One Day, Two Great Sessions!

Choose One or SAVE When You Reserve Both!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

MORNING SESSION (Breakfast Include) - 8:00 am - 11:00 am - Session for Fundraising Professionals, Executive Directors and Board Members

Putting Stuff Together and Making It Work
Fundraising...Leaders and Leadership...Planning:   How's it Going at Your Place?

Presented by:  Simone P. Joyaux, ACFRE

 Is your development office located in its own silo, disconnected from program and planning and other important stuff?  

Are you welcome at the right tables in your organization?

Does your CEO (and do your staff colleagues) understand fundraising?

Ah, the sad truth:  Sometimes bosses disconnect connections and deny facts.  Too many colleagues see fundraising as distasteful.  And maybe you're too chicken (or too tired) to fight them all. 

Join this hard-hitting, truth-telling workshop.

  • Together we'll outline what bosses need to know about fundraising - and how to tell them (Better yet, bring them along to the workshop!)
  • We will explore how to destroy silos, build connections, and get at the right tables, including the institutional strategic planning table.
  • We will fight the good fight as leaders partnering with other true leaders.

P.S.  You'll leave with a great handout to use back at the office!


LUNCH SESSION - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM AFP Greater New Orleans Chapter Luncheon - Session for AFP Members and Guests

Creating a Fund Development Plan that Produces Ownership and Results

Presented by Simone P. Joyaux, ACFRE

  How (and who) creates your plan   is as important as the resulting     plan. 

  Remember!  Fundraising is a        team sport - and an effective  process builds ownership and accountability among staff and board. 

Your fund development plan includes donor centrism and relationship building and loyalty and solicitation and measures and accountabilities and...Well, you get the picture!

This session will help you re-think how you create your fund development plan and what should be included in the plan.  (And, by the way, body of knowledge and best practice trumps any personal opinions from people who don't know their stuff.)

Join us for ths one-of-a-kind opportunity to interact with one of the world's most sought-after speakers on professional fundraising!

  Space is limited!

No registrations after Monday, September 8th!  

Reservations Required -

Sorry we are not able to accept Walk-Ins! 

Registration Fee:

Morning Session Only
AFP Members $59.00   Non-Member $79.00

Luncheon Only 
AFP Members $40.00  Non-Member $50.00

Both Sessions
 AFP Members $80.00  Non-Members $105.00

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LANO members: Gather solutions for your most pressing board issues with Bill Mott

Posted By Kris H. Rutledge, CausePlanet, Thursday, September 04, 2014

Would you like to hear how consultant and author Bill Mott deals with some of the most pressing board issues? Join us on September 24 as we continue our author interview series sponsored by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation.

In our Q & A format, we’ll cover:


·      ripple effects of recruitment

·      board bullies and trust issues

·      executive sessions

·      getting your board and CEO working together

·      transitioning and onboarding chairs

·      CEO and board evaluations


Author interview

If you’re experiencing any of these pressing issues or would like to improve your board practices, don’t miss CausePlanet’s author interview with Bill Mott, author of The Board Game and Super Boards. He will bring his in-depth knowledge to the webinar table and discuss case studies surrounding these topics and more. Your own questions are also welcome!

Join CausePlanet founder Denise McMahan and Bill Mott Wednesday, September 24, at 11:00 Central Time. 


Register now for this FREE interview for all LANO members and friends. This workshop is generously provided thanks to the support of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation.

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